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Don's Lighthouse Grille

4.6
4.6
1774 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Don"s Lighthouse is located along Cleveland's scenic lakefront seven minutes from downtown's sports, theater and concert districts. Situated in a landmark building, Don's offers the freshest seafood, steaks,and chops and is a premier dining spot in Northeast Ohio.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (216) 961-6700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Luis Lolon Cora

  • Private party facilities

    The captains room holds up to 50 people for full service dining in a formal atmosphere.

  • Private party contact

    Kraig Sternquist: (216) 961-6700

  • Neighborhood

    Cleveland West

  • Cross street

    Clifton

  • Parking details

    Private lot with complimentary valet parking Monday-Friday for lunch and Friday-Saturday evenings

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,774 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cleveland / Akron / Canton

    Contemporary American

  • Cleveland

    Contemporary American

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  1. PG

    PatriciaG

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    If I had to nitpick I would say that the Portuguese stew could’ve been served hotter in temperature. But service was great and we enjoyed our meal.
  2. MD

    MarkD

    Cleveland

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Always great food and service.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. We had reservations for a table but saw the bar had seats available so we asked the hostess if we could change and she was enthusiastic in helping us. The bar tender was excellent- made a great Rye Old Fashioned. Clam bake was superb.
  4. W

    Williams

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was awesome, I had the Steak and Lobster with the Lobster Bisque as well it was delicious. My husband had the Portuguese Seafood Pasta dish which was amazing.
  5. RF

    RobertF

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good experience eating at dons staff 😃 eager to help. Food was really good. just nice atmosphere
  6. RW

    RickW

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    We were forgotten. Not enough help. They had too many customers for the staff available. The food when it finally came was great. But they decided others were more important than us.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It was my wife’s birthday. I put it in the notes at reservation, but nothing was even mentioned at any point during our meal. Disappointing
  8. DW

    DianaW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was great and our server was delightful The service was a bit slow, but made the evening very relaxing
  9. PL

    PastaLady

    Cleveland

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A go-to restaurant for always good seafood and great service. Most of the staff have been there for years and are always happy to see you.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and Ambiance
  11. MB

    MarlaB

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous George’s Bank Cod and my husband had the filet - both meals were delicious and served fresh and hot! We love Don’s!
  12. RW

    RWK440

    Cleveland

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Don's Lighthouse has been around for over 50 years and always offers great food at an affordable price. Highly recommended.
  13. CA

    ColleenA

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don's never disappoints. It's become my "go to" for special occasions with friends. Food is always delicious, service always excellent....what's not to like?
  14. JS

    JoelS

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Restaurant was as advertised. Good food, good service and in general a very positive experience. As an east spider,I would make the trip to the west side gladly.
  15. TP

    TimothyP

    Cleveland

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food
  16. N

    Northcoaster

    Cleveland

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A long time favorite. Why? FRESH seadfood; excellent preparation; and top-notch service.
  17. B

    Brownstowin12

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Extremely disappointing. Food was bland and not warm. The mussels were small - no crackers or even a spoon was offered or available for them. Spinach and mashed potatoes were very plain in preparation. Drinks were not served in a timely fashion with the meals. We asked for bread on several occasions and never received. We were in a hurry to pay and leave. We won’t be back. Definitely not worth the time, effort, and money to dine here.
  18. b

    bill

    Cleveland

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don's is a favorite of mine. It is convenient from both west side or east side with easy parking. The food is excellent, always served hot. There are are many items on the menu that are appealing. The ambience is just right. It is lively but you can carry on a conversation. The servers, including my favorites Patty And Laurie, are outstanding.
  19. RJ

    RobertJ

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just had appetizers and a drink before Playhouse Square. Always enjoyable!
  20. r

    ronaldm

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food at great prices. Very clean and inviting atmosphere. Service was spot on with all the specials well explained. The food was cooked just as ordered. (Sometimes a rarity these days)
  21. RL

    RobertL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Experience was fantastic. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. Management should look at web booking we had problems making the reservation the system kept telling me that there were no openings within 2.5 hours(default booking site). We eventually connected to the correct site and the reservation was simple including the desired time . Had we given up the restaurant would lost our business.
  22. S

    Samantha

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    For the food being so expensive it was extremely lackluster
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was very tasty. Views of Lake Erie on the drive up were outstanding. Me & my husband both got the steak oscar it was delicious. The hollandaise was a touch under seasoned but scrumptious none the less.
  24. RD

    RegularDiners

    Phoenix

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is a great place to dine for lunch or dinner. The service was extraordinary, and the food was very good. The only complaint with the food is that the shrimp in the fish market salad was undercooked, which gave it a distinctive smell. However, the walleye and seafood stew were exceptional. Patty, our server, was top-notch. We will return soon.
  25. VW

    ValerieW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was good, hot, and plentiful. Service was very quick, attentive and pleasant. Great place for lunch when you have limited time.
  26. DS

    DouglasS

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and great service...a great combination!
  27. l

    lightning

    Cleveland

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Service has always been top notch! Food is very good and well prepared! Some of the fish entrees are overpriced compared to other restaurants that serve quality seafood.
  28. CB

    ComicBookGuy

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    GREAT scallops, EXCELLENT service, GREAT walleye, really good everything. Thought it was a little more dressy, but I liked that there was NO music playing so people could actually talk and not talk over trendy music. Long live the mom and pop restaurants.
  29. DA

    DuaneA

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. The server was amazing. I can’t wait to go back.
  30. PR

    PatR

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I took advantage of the Steak and Lobster "discount" that occurs on Thursday evenings. Both dinners were delicious. Our server was very attentive but not overly so. Thanks.
  31. N

    Northcoaster

    Cleveland

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely FRESH seafood was PERFECTLY prepared. EXCELLENT service. And we were able to carry on a conversation without raising our voices. Portion size of entrees with sides more than fair for the price.
  32. J

    Jeepster

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The outside of the building did not look like a restaurant, but it was a historic structure. I had a reservation and was seated immediately. The service was prompt and the server was very pleasant and efficient. The food was outstanding, a little pricey, but equal to it's value. I would definitely return to try more of their great looking entrees.
  33. N

    Nathan

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good place for seafood. Many of the items on the menu were not available but this actually helped narrow down my final selection!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating my birthday. We arrived for our meal and was seated by the pleasant hostess on duty. Our server was Great at her job and met all of our needs. The door was fabulous. I had the Steak Oscar which was perfection. My son had the Filet which he argued was even better than Mine. Thank you for the memorable dinner.
  35. CD

    CraigD

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. Great steak and the calamari was amazing.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    We were celebrating a birthday and made that note on Open Table but nothing special was done. The waiter was rude and not friendly at all.every table in our area had to ask for bread and instead of him saying I will get that right to you, he would give a reason why they don’t have, I’ll get it after your drinks was ours. Another table I will get it once I put your order in…we overheard other tables commenting about his service and attitude. I believe his name was Norman. The gin berry martini was not good, the salad was wonderful as as the ferry salmon and walleye. I asked Norman for a smooth bottle to dry red wine and I gave 3 I was thinking of, he recommended the $48 bottle, and we did not like it. I wish he would have suggested one that was smoother and less dry that we were looking for. Norman was not at all interested in our experience there. The atmosphere is very dated, late 90’s early 2000, could use a cleaner more modern aesthetic.
  37. CR

    ChrisR

    Cleveland

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a new restaurant for us in the Cleveland area and it simply was amazing! The venue was perfect, took a walk to the lake after dinner. The service was incredible like I remember growing up going out to eat with my parents...Norman really cared about our experience. Food exceeded every expectation and the French Onion was the best I've ever had! Thank you!
  38. SH

    SandraH

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had great lunch and very nice service. The seafood stew is delicious.
  39. d

    donn

    Cleveland

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Fish special of the day was very dry
  40. RJ

    RichardJ71

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    Three of us had dinner with my wife and I selecting Don's after many years of enjoying their restaurants including the former River City. Two of our dinners were first rate while my Walleye with the exterior coating was vastly overcooked and dry. Management removed that dinner from our bill. We will return however - we feel this was a singular mis step as compared to many lunch's and dinners over the years.

FAQs

Don's Lighthouse Grille is rated 4.6 stars by 1774 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Don's Lighthouse Grille

8905 Lake Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Clifton

  • Neighborhood

    Cleveland West

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Private lot with complimentary valet parking Monday-Friday for lunch and Friday-Saturday evenings

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luis Lolon Cora

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (216) 961-6700

  • Private party facilities

    The captains room holds up to 50 people for full service dining in a formal atmosphere.

  • Private party contact

    Kraig Sternquist: (216) 961-6700

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